Rethinking your candle wick choices

The purpose of this blog is to describe the difference between traditional cotton wick candles and luxury wooden wick candles and the benefits of purchasing a luxury wooden wick candle. Not all candles are created equal. You may not realize that traditional candles you purchase at large corporate stores are made with cotton wicks. They will typically lean towards a cotton wick candle due to its inexpensive and quick sale turnaround without thinking of the actual benefits or ingredients.  Wooden wick candles are much different from a traditional cotton wick candle for several reasons. The candles you purchase at most general stores have wicks that are made of braided cotton strands and dipped in wax. They are lower cost, and easier to maintain. Yet they do not offer many of the benefits that come from wooden wicks. Wooden wick candles make a lovely crackling sound when lit, that reminds you of sitting by an open fire in a wood-burning fireplace. Imagine a romantic evening at home, with wooden wick candles lighting up the room, with the faint glow of their flame, and a soft crackling sound to soothe your senses. There are some differences you will want to consider when you purchase a luxury candle with a wooden wick. 

Lighting a wooden wick candle  

Traditional cotton wick candles take only a few seconds to light the wick. On the other hand, wooden wick candles can take up to 20 seconds to light. It can take several tries to light a candle with a wooden wick because it takes longer for the flame to penetrate the material. They cannot be lit with a match. This is the greatest difference between the two types of candles that you will want to keep in mind. Use a lighter to light your wooden wick candle. We recommend you purchase a stick lighter as it will save your fingers and works the best when lighting wooden wick candles. It is recommended that you use your luxury candle indoors, rather than outdoors where they are vulnerable to wind gusts that may blow them out. Wooden wick candles do much better indoors where there are no drafts. 

Redefining scent with wooden wick candles  

One delightful thing about candles with wooden wicks is they give off a more indulging scent than cotton wick candles. Wooden wick candles are not only visually appealing, have a beautiful crackling sound, but they give off a higher intensity of scent due to their low smoldering burn. The low and slow burn will melt the wax around the wooden wick, giving off a soothing concentrated scent that is sure to fill your space with an olfactory delight. The taller flame from cotton wick candles burns up the scent and wax quicker than and not as effective as the wooden-wick candles. You may notice that cotton wick candles lose their scent after around four hours. This is because of the way the flame melts the wax. Wooden wick candles, on the other hand, burn slow and low, maximizing the scent of the candle. Wooden wick candles create a horizontal flame that heats up the fragrance in a way that fills the room for a longer period. The overall benefits of having a wooden wick candle are summarized here .


When you light a candle with a wooden wick, it is extremely important to make sure it burns long enough for a layer of wax to melt all the way to the edges of the vessel.  This can sometimes take between 3 to 4 hours on the first light.  That is completely normal for a wooden wick candle and highly recommended the first time you light this type of candle.  This will ensure that in the future when you light your candle, it will burn evenly, ensuring that you will not create a “tunnel” through the center of your wax and will provide you the most enjoyable experience. When burning wooden wick candles, you want it to burn as evenly as possible. If by chance your candle does extinguish itself, scrape away any un-melted wax to avoid the tunnel effect.  For optimal use with your new wooden wick candle, you will want to keep the wick at the recommended 1/8” – 3/16” inch length. Cotton wick candles can be kept at ¼ length, but wooden wick candles are different. Cotton wick candles will often create a mushroom look if not trimmed properly and will fall into the wax.  Wooden wick candles must be trimmed between each new burn to decrease the flame size and prevent any soot from falling into the wax.  Trimming your wick may make it more difficult to light because there is less material to catch fire, however, it is better to do this for the overall lifespan of the candle.  To trim your wooden-wick candle you will first pinch the upper-most part of the wick with your index finger and thumb where it appears to be splitting and discard. You can also purchase a wooden wick trimmer to do the job for you.  It is best to burn wooden wick candles for 1-2 hours at a time after you have already done the 3-4 hour first burn. Never leave any candle burning for more than 4 hours.  This is a huge fire hazard and can cause the candle to explode.  You can read more about wooden wicks by clicking here

The Wooden Wick Candle Experience

Overall, luxury candles with wooden wicks provide an ambiance that is so calming, romantic, and uplifting. They are breathtakingly beautiful although they are a bit more maintenance and more expensive, they are worth every penny. Once you go wooden wick, you will never go back to traditional cotton wick candles. The process of making a wooden wick candle is more complicated. Each batch must be tested to determine the wick size. With proper maintenance, wooden wicks smolder longer than cotton wick candles, produce a pleasant fragrance, and create a beautiful crackling sound that will tantalize your senses. The fact that they have a lower flame and smolder as opposed to cotton wick candles, with outrageously dangerous flames, will protect you and your loved ones. One thing to keep in mind is that wooden wick candles are much better in indoor settings than outdoors, where a wind gust could extinguish the flame. 

Choosing Luxe Intuition for your wooden wick candle experience

The Luxe Intuition Candle line will give you an exquisite candle experience. We make all of our candles in small batches to ensure the purest quality and scent. They are considered luxury candles using only the finest fragrance blends and essential oil blends from around the world, reusable modern aesthetic vessels, packaged with recyclable materials, and are made with the best wooden wicks. Wooden wicks are beneficial for environmental sustainability. Responsible consumers will appreciate this type of candle!  Our wooden wicks are made of raw untreated material, and do not contain accelerants or glues that may not be safe to breathe in. Cotton wick candles are often not made of organic or sustainable materials and are coated with harmful toxic accelerants. Luxe Intuition Candles are environmentally friendly and do not contain traditional inexpensive wax at the cost of your health.  Some companies using cotton wick candles even add lead or zinc to their wicks to make it easier for the consumer to not have to trim as often. However, these additives are not healthy or sustainable. Luxe Intuition Candles do not use these materials in their organic candles. These gorgeous, luxury scented, sustainable wooden wick candles are healthier, set the mood for any occasion, indulge your senses in a world of serenity, and are worth the extra price.

When shopping for a candle, you will want to consider the material of the wax.

The best sustainable options are coconut oil blends, phthalate-free, non-toxic, and lead/zinc-free. You can be assured that the Luxe Intuition Candle Line meets these criteria. If you have never tried one of our wooden wick candles before you will be astonished and amazed by their beauty. All of our products are ethically made in Littleton Colorado. Luxe Intuition Candles supports women-owned, and local businesses to support the community. Lighting one of our candles will not only indulge your senses, but it will create memories you will have for a lifetime! Our candles are made of a coconut/apricot wax blend that burns 80% cleaner than soy wax! The wicks are sourced from FSC-certified mills. The Luxe Intuition Candle Line is non-toxic, free of parabens, phthalates, and sourced from raw materials. All of our candles are compliant with IFRA (International Fragrance Association) standards. You will not find a better candle made with more love and thought behind them, than these luxury candles. All of our candle products including our wax melts are made in small batches and goes through rigorous testing for quality and safety.  Our 12 oz. wooden wick candles burn for approximately 80 hours when properly taken care of.  Our non-coated, non-toxic wooden wicks will give you the feeling of sitting near a crackling fireplace no matter where you are. The incredible amount of detail that goes into producing the Luxe Intuition Candle Line is indeed impressive and is evident in the high-quality products we sell. Try one today and fall in love with our products and join our extensive list of satisfied customers by purchasing here

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